Using DNA Testing to Settle Inheritance and Estate Claims
When a person dies with a will in place, that document typically identifies who will inherit any remaining assets of their estate by name. But if a person dies without a will, state laws determine who will inherit any assets in their estate. These determinations are made on the basis of biological/familial relationships. Depending on the individual state’s laws, in addition to spouses, a person’s blood-related children, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins may be eligible to inherit.
DNA Testing to Settle Estates in the News
This issue has been front and center recently in the highly-publicized death of the musician Prince, when the probate judge in charge of his estate ordered all those claiming to be related to undergo DNA testing. In the weeks following the artist’s death, over 700 people came forward claiming to be blood-related. DNA testing can accurately and expeditiously confirm or dispose claims of inheritance in such matters.
DNA Testing Settles the Question Decisively
Each person has a unique DNA fingerprint. But in the case of estate matters, as with child custody and paternity cases, DNA technology has also developed to accurately identify the existence of a biological family relationships. DNA evidence can be used to prove various family relationships including paternity, maternity, siblingship or grandparentage Thus, it is increasingly an important tool to help determine inheritance and estate matters.
Other Contexts Where DNA Testing Can Help
Proving biological family relationships may also be required in claims for:
- Veteran’s benefits
- Social Security benefits
- Life insurance beneficiaries or other “upon-death” arrangements
- Assuming estates, property and trusts
- Other issues of inheritance/estates entrusted to family members
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